Back in the Game


Alright! Here we go. Time to get back to work. Rediviva has her spot in the working yard. In this leg of the marathon, Garrett and I have found it hard to keep going. This truly has been the biggest and longest project of our life. It feels like we have to choose everyday to move forward. I’m going to be honest, we’ve talked about taking a break, a step back. Garrett has given Rediviva his all. His body, his mind, his energy, his love and hate. I can see why a lot of boat builds end here. I used to think, ‘how could you give up now? when you’re so close?’ I now understand because there’s not much left. I also think this is a natural path for a journey such as this. I believe this doubt is part of the struggle it takes. We thought about moving the boat back to the storage yard, we talked about it at length. Then one day, when Garrett had planned on speaking with the office, he saw the boat. He saw Rediviva and had this overwhelming feeling, ‘I’m not done. Not yet.’

I am so proud of this man. The words in my heart can’t seem to find their way out. We’ve managed to turn the page, together. Let’s continue the story. This week was full as Garrett dug out the caulking cotton, mallet, and irons. He completed the entire starboard side!

Instead of looking at what’s left to complete Rediviva we’ve narrowed the scope. What do we need to do to launch the boat? This makes the project seem more attainable. A smaller portion to handle. Get the boat to the water, then make her livable, and then make her sail! Trick is to not think too heavily on what comes after the task at hand.

 Task one: Caulk the boat. This entails filling the seams above the chine, the stem and transom, the chine itself, and the rabbet with cotton then priming those seams and finally coming over with seam compound. Task two: Paint the boat. Three: finish the rudder and its fittings. Four: install prop shaft and prop. Five: throw her in the water!

With the majority of task 1 complete the whole thing feels slightly less daunting. I think once we move onto task two and get to paint her we’ll feel closer to the water. Doing the cotton is an important part to unifying the boat as a single piece, no longer just a bundle of timber fastened and glued together. We primed the stuffed seams and are ready to get our first quart of seam compound.

Even Swab’s back in the swing of yard-life:


While I fill the starboard seams with compound Garrett will be moving onto the port side. We got the interior of the boat cleaned out (during the move Rediviva became more of a U-Haul than a boat) so now you can see what a difference caulking the seams makes. The port side has so much light shining through where as the starboard side with fresh cotton is solid.


We’ve come so far and still have so much to do. Getting some work done feels really good. Rediviva’s traveled a long ways and it’s not her fault but there’s a lot of emotions tied into her bones that are hard to escape from feeling every time we lay our hands on her. We’re focusing on healing the pain it’s taken to get where we are today. The wisdom from others has been heard and we’re lightening up on ourselves and remembering to take time for us. Thank you to all that have encouraged us. We want to see this thing to the end. Finish what we started. I can’t wait to live here!



8 thoughts on “Back in the Game

  1. Hang in there, but don’t be afraid to take a little time to recharge yourselves. I’m coming off a two year total ground up on a restoration, nothing like the scale of your project (which I’ve been following since it got started). But I did build my house, about 4,000 sq ft, on a mountain top. Took me 1 1/2 years to get in the dry and about 90% complete but another twenty (20!) to finish all of the other projects (metal roof, new siding and soffit/fasica metal/vinyl over wood, granite countertops, better windows, half bath, mud room tile floor, etc. etc.). Yes, money held me back from completion mostly – not time. Hopefully it won’t take you guys THAT long though!


    1. haha Thanks Steve! It’s amazing how when you’re fresh your work load can be so immense. I think Garrett would say 90% of Rediviva was completed in about the same time but we sure hope it won’t take another 20! Some old wood boat nerds say wooden sailboats are never “done” but with that in mind let’s at least get her sailing! I think we can do that!!! Thanks Steve for the encouragement


  2. As I started reading my heart was in my mouth, I couldn’t believe you’d come this far only to burn out! I’m so glad that you have found the strength and stamina to keep going. As Steve said above, maybe some time out to recharge would help, especially over Christmas. You’re right about dividing the work into stages to make it less scary, although with my project that still left me with a daunting list! 🙂
    Rediviva will be a beautiful, practical, testament to your perseverance.

    P.S. nice mallet! 🙂


    1. Thanks Jonnie!
      Yeah.. best not to read the whole list haha I’d put everyone to sleep if I read it all out.
      The mallet was found in an antique shop in Astoria, OR for like $75 I think. If only it could speak, the stories it would tell!



  3. I am one of those guys that wants to get projects done… Right Now! So, I feel your pain when things seem to drag on and on. When you step back and see what you have accomplished so far, you just have to be amazed. I certainly am. There is nothing wrong with taking a little break to reset yourselves and return with a renewed enthusiasm. I’m sending positive “vibes” your way. All the best my friends.


  4. You can DO IT!!!! I like your plan. Remember the final rewards. SOME day, in an anchorage, while the sun is setting, and you have just had a swim, and maybe caught a fish to eat or perhaps purchased shrimp from the shrimpers, or even shot your own lobster you will be drinking a cold beer on deck, and making comments about this point of your journey. You will have many more positive experiences onboard. Difficult to envision now, but it is all possible if you persevere, You CAN DOIT!!!!


    1. I love your comment! Thank you, I can see it. I’ll take any one of those scenarios forever. I can’t wait to live those experiences. Maybe you’ll have to join us!


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